[OSM-legal-talk] [OSM-talk] EU Corinne dataset in the Public Domain

Jukka Rahkonen jukka.rahkonen at mmmtike.fi
Wed Aug 13 06:41:40 BST 2008

I resend my message to legal talk where I suppose it better belongs.

Edoardo Marascalchi wrote:

> Riverlab (aka Davide) pointed me to the Corine Land Cover dataset from 
> the UE-EEA agency. 
> Davide asked me about the licence.. i looked at the page: 
> http://dataservice.eea.europa.eu/dataservice/metadetails.asp?id=1007

I had a quick look on Corine land cover data and I think that the downloadable
datasets are interesting and might be partly usable for OSM project.
Corine brochure can be found here:
When it comes to OSM, an European wide image with 100 meter pixel size
showing classified land use could be useful:
For easy data import the corresponding vector data set would be preferred:
Now the question is if these data can be used. These is this document
about terms of use:
Then in another place you can read:
"The information available in these data is under copyright of the
EEA and within the public domain. Public domain information in this
these data may be used free of charge, provided the source is acknowledged.
The acknowledgement should read "(c) EEA, Copenhagen, [year]""
And a third version:
"EEA grants free access to all its data/applications provided that
the user agrees not to use the data/applications for commercial purposes
unless the Agency has expressly granted the right to do so to and provided
that the user agrees to display a link to the EEA web site
http://www.eea.europa.eu and to acknowledge the source as follows:
Copyright EEA, Copenhagen, 2007."
So confusingly the data are of public domain variety that is not open
for commersial? How about OSM, is it commercial or not?
I guess here is place for yet another never ending legal talk. Perhaps
it would be best if someone from the Foundation just makes a telephone
call to EEA and asks if it is OK to use the data in OSM or not.
Jukka Rahkonen


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